Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

UPCOMING TODAY:

DEADLY FIRE-CHICAGO

CHICAGO — Authorities are expected to identify eight people, including six children, who were killed when a fire broke out before dawn Sunday at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation's third-largest city in years. Also awaiting a cause for the fire. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

AP WAS THERE-CHICAGO RIOTS

CHICAGO — On Aug. 28, 1968, the delegates to the Democratic National Convention voted down a peace plank by a tally of 1,500 to 1,000. It put the match to the Chicago powder keg. By James R. Peipert. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-PREGNANCY

CHICAGO — Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Experts say the ingredient, THC, has chemical properties that could allow it to disrupt brain development and potentially cause harm, although solid evidence of that is lacking. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TEACHER SALARY-ILLINOIS: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.

— JAIL BOOKS: An appeals court has breathed life back into a lawsuit alleging policies at Cook County Jail in Illinois that limit the number of books inmates can have at a time violates their First Amendment rights.

— U OF ILLINOIS-INNOVATION CENTER: The University of Illinois has picked one of its own professors to head an effort to build and operate a major innovation center in Chicago's South Loop.

— SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-FILM COMMISSION: A new organization is trying to get more filmmakers and production companies to film their movies in southern Illinois.

SPORTS:

BBN--METS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Jon Lester to the mound when they try for their sixth straight win in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets. Noah Syndergaard pitches for New York. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game times 7:05 p.m. CT.

BBN--WHITE SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series against the Yankees in New York on Monday night. Carlos Rodon (5-3) starts for the White Sox against Masahiro Tanaka (9-4). UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game times 6:05 p.m. CT.

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox, currently bringing up the rear among pitchers who qualify for the ERA title, notched his 10th victory of the season Saturday night, which is two more than major league ERA leader Jacob deGrom has. DeGrom's plight has been well documented. Pitching for the woeful Mets, he's 8-8 with a 1.71 ERA. Giolito is 10-9 with a 5.85 ERA. It's a stark example of why a pitcher's won-lost record can be deceiving, but Giolito's progress is worth watching over the final few weeks of the season. The White Sox are 18-17 since the All-Star break and showing signs that their rebuild is heading in the right direction. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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